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Contents

FEATURES 28 Cook-Inn’s Newlyweds cooking in Coastal Maine. 32 Romance in Rhode Island It’s Providence! 36 The New Way to Nibble The next big food trends for foodie couples.

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40 Mu Mu For the Boho Chic Girl. 48 There’s an App for That! Apps to help you plan your wedding. 50 Winery Weddings Couples share their vows at local Vineyards.

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70 Drone Photography A fun addition to your wedding day. 72 Who Should Walk You Down the Aisle? Alternative ideas for an age old tradition. 74 Celebrity Wedding Planner Interview with Ricardo Luna. 80 Exotic Island Getaway Cruising to Bermuda. 84 Unique Wedding Favors Special gifts your guests will remember.

FEATURED VENUE 66 DoubleTree Hotel Leominster

IN EVERY ISSUE 12 B&G Q&A Culinary Underground 16 20 24

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Nearby Nuptials Alicia & Peter Krystal & Matthew Esi & Ervin

87 B&G Picks

DIRECTORIES 92 Function Facility Guide 96 Wedding Resources Guide

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Culinary Underground Unique wedding shower, bachelorette or bridal party celebrations

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by Jennifer McNally Monac

Culinary Underground School for Home Cooks (AKA: CU) is exactly what it says it is...a hands-on school for regular people, like you and me, who may, or may not already cook at home, but would like to kick it up a notch in the kitchen by learning how to use the best seasonal ingredients, mastering techniques, minimizing prep time, and maximizing flavor. We got a chance to ask owner and chef, Lori Leinbach some burning questions about her fun & popular school and this is Chef and owner Lori Leinbach

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what she had to say...


q: Tell us about CU!

How long have you been in business and what is your recipe for success?

a : CU has been around for about 12

years now and we believe that good eating and breaking bread with others are two of life’s greatest pleasures...pleasures which are at the heart of everyday cooking for family and friends. The business came about by happy accident. I made a mid-life career change to culinary. After culinary school and 10 years of running a personal chef business, it was time for a change, so on a whim, I decided to teach culinary classes, as I was simultaneously redesigning my own home kitchen in my underground berm house. We taught right there for seven years before moving to our current location. The recipe was just right and over a decade later, here we are!

q: Tell us about your menu of services. a : Culinary Underground offers ev-

erything for the home cook, from basics classes and boot camps for beginners to advanced pastry classes, global cuisines, and specialty lessons such as, sausagemaking, artisan breads, canning, as well as our very popular couples classes, which I know would be a hit with your readers. In addition, we offer many classes for kids, private cooking parties like bachelorettes and corporate team building gigs too. And when a job is too big for your personal kitchen, we offer catering as well!

q: You

mentioned couples... do you have a lot of newlyweds who take classes together?

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CU offers three or four couple’s nights every month—and they are usually packed! So many young couples are doing the cooking thing together and we love it! Newlyweds usually find their way to those workshops that offer the cooking basics. Young couples want to use their new culinary wedding gifts, and who can blame them? And our one-day class such as our “Boot

Camp for Guys,” attracts many newlyminted hubbies.

q: I bet couples cooking classes can get

necessarily in that order, and we deliver. We’ve had some crazy times and great eats, with lots of music and most of all, we serve up fun!

a bit steamy...how about the bridal parties you mentioned. What can you tell us about them?

q: What

are usually laughs, wine and food—not

tors and assistants, who bring a wide vari-

sets Culinary Underground apart from other cooking schools?

a : The priorities on bachelorette nights a : Our professionally trained instruc-

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ety of tastes and skills to our classes, are what set us apart. They are pros, but they are also people who have to put meals on the table every night at home, so they get it. They’re an amusing bunch, so they make it fun and completely unintimidating, making students feel comfortable learning at CU. In addition, though we are a commercial kitchen, we use high-end residential equipment, which makes it easier for students to transfer the skills they learn here with us, into their kitchens at home.

q: Is

there a specific, or a basic dish you think EVERYONE should have in their cooking repertoire? What is your specialty?

a : Ten-minute Marinara Sauce.

It’s versatile, adaptable, and good for carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores too. My specialty?...While I’m basically a generalist at this point, baking is still my passion. My coconut cake has toppled governments. Whether you are striving to be Julia Child, or your content as the Muppets’ Swedish Chef, The Culinary Underground is cooking up fun for people just like you! Visit them online at www. culinaryunderground.com, or give Lori a call at 508-904-6589 to see how you too can discover the artistic joy in learning to cook. Jennifer McNally Monac is a freelance writer and real estate agent, who lives and works on Cape Cod.

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Alicia and Peter October 4, 2014 Greenfield, NH

Their Story Peter and Alicia first met while working at Ruby Tuesdays while in college. Peter was the bartender and Alicia was a waitress. Unfortunately, the week Alicia started Peter had given his two weeks’ notice. Peter acted fast and asked Alicia out. At first Alicia was not interested and suggested they could just grab dinner as friends. But after that one date, they immediately knew that they were meant for each other. Peter and Alicia got engaged in the comfort of their own apartment. “Peter never makes plans, ever” according to Alicia.

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The couple wanted a gorgeous backdrop for their wedding and they thought New Hampshire in the fall time would be the perfect fit. He had asked her if we wanted to go snow shoeing one weekend so she knew something was up. Sure enough he was going to propose. Thanks to Mother Nature it was a raw winter day with temps below double digits so plan A didn’t work out. Already knowing what was going to happen Alicia thought well now how is he going to ask? After running errands one Saturday the couple walked into the apartment and saw gorgeous flowers and candles lit with a table full of all of Alicia’s favorite things including a photo book Peter had made since the beginning of our relationship. Peter’s family had snuck over and helped stage the apartment for him and it was a perfect plan B!

Planning The couples seven month engagement was filled with planning, approving vendors and everything entailed in the wedding planning process. Both Peter and Alicia did their best to equally take part in the planning that way stress wouldn’t be a problem. But with every wedding comes stress and they found themselves getting more excited for their big day so that the planning could be over. But they were even more excited finally to be husband and wife.

Details Fall is both Peter and Alicia’s favorite season so it was quickly determined their wedding would be in early fall. The couple wanted a gorgeous backdrop for their continued on page 18

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Advice Peter and Alicia felt that it is important to stick with what you want and nothing extra. It is so easy to be persuaded into something more extravagant especially when vendors say, “for a little more money you can get this”. You don’t want to question yourself. Stay true to what you both envision and don’t worry about impressing anyone.

The Particulars Ceremony and Reception Venue: AllRose Farm Greenfield, NH. allrosefarm.com

wedding and they thought New Hampshire in the fall time would be the perfect fit. They had some tough time finding venues for the appeal of fall New Hampshire weddings but they found the very small town of Greenfield, NH which had a lovely farm with an old barn. The setting screamed autumn in the country! The couple’s rustic autumn country theme was very fitting with their venue location. Going along with this theme, Peter and Alicia envisioned a night under the stars and searched all over New England for a clear top tent. To top off the rustic country feel, they had a farm in Massachusetts donate tiny white pumpkins which they used as place cards for our guests. The centerpieces were free 18 Fall 2015

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pallets collected from different factories and they cut them up to create boxes that were stained to resemble old barn wood and then filled with autumn flowers. For the ceremony site icicle lights hung from the rafters in the old barn and cut down fifteen feet branches and wrapped them in lights as the stood behind us during the ceremony. A gorgeous country backdrop! Some of the most memorable moments of the day for Peter and Alicia was that absolutely nothing go went as planned but turned out better than they imagined. Their outdoor wedding by the pond turned into an indoor ceremony in the barn due to weather. “It was so beautiful and intimate with the lights glowing and the pianist playing softly” says Alicia.

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Krystal and Matthew August 30, 2014 First Congregational Church of Dudley Their Story Matthew and Krystal Kolesnik first met in 2010 and kindled a friendly relationship while watching the notorious Navy-Army game at a friend’s house. The two found themselves meeting again at a New Year’s Eve Party. The more they talked, Matthew couldn’t believe how Krystal was still single. Matthew officially asked her out and the rest was history. Mathew proposed to Krystal on December 23, 2012 with his grandmother’s diamond that she received back in 1949 from his grandfather. He was extremely nervous and he had all these grand plans of how to propose like at the summit of Mt. Wachusett but he could not wait any longer. 20 Fall 2015

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Krystal was blow drying her hair in the bathroom at his parent’s home when Matthew came bursting into the bathroom, spun Krystal around, got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. Krystal responded, “Seriously, right now!” But of course she said yes and started crying happy tears. A simple yet exciting proposal!

Planning Over 16 months, Matthew and Krystal took their time to plan their special day. They incorporated both of their parent’s inputs to create a day they could never forget. With the guidance and financial help from their family, Matthew and Krystal set August 30, 2014 as their official date. As members of the first congregational church of Dudley, it was fitting for them to be married by their wonderful pastor, Reverend John White. As for their reception, the couple wanted a venue close to their church and the ability to accommodate their guest list of 160 people. Pleasant Valley Country Club “fit that bill and more”. Their service, food and venue were ideal for Matthew and Krystals big day. continued on page 22

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Although the couple had no set theme, they were drawn to a more elegant style with a modern twist. Their color palette of purple, ivory, and silver definitely reflected that. The centerpieces were created with ivory pillar candles in hurricane vases with sand and pearls around the candles. In lieu of wedding favors, the couple made a generous donation to the Jimmy Fund in honor of all their guests and their employer matched their gift! Krystal’s shoes were inspired by Sex and the City dyed blue like the ones in movie. Her veil was her mother’s cathedral length veil from 1983 that still had the lace on it that Krystal’s grandmother had sewn on it. To represent the tight bond both Matthew and Krystal have with their families, they chose to display the wedding photos of both parents, and grandparents which everyone loved seeing. Pleasant Valley had displayed them elegantly on the fire place mantel in the lobby where the place card and guest book tables were set up. Going along with the elegant style, the flowers were pink and ivory roses for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Mathew had a calla lily to match Krystal’s bouquet which was made up of ivory roses and calla lilies. Pure elegance!

For all the nervous nellys, Krystal and Matthew suggest to make sure you eat a really good breakfast or have snacks throughout the day. Take a deep breath, enjoy good food and be sure to celebrate!

The Particulars Ceremony site: First Congregational Church of Dudley Dudley, MA Reception Site: Pleasant Valley Country Club Sutton, MA. pleasantvalleycc.com Photographer: JMK Portraits jmkportraits.smugmug.com Baker: Cakes by Chris West Brookfield, MA. cakesbychrisgadaire.com Music: DJ Mike Kearney The Pros. thepros.com Brides Attire: Casablanca Bridal from New York Lace Taunton, MA. nylace.com Bridesmaids Attire: Elegance by Carbonneau Worcester, MA. mydress4less.com Groom and Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse Auburn, MA. menswearhouse.com Bride’s Shoes: Shoes to Dye For Natick, MA. shoestodyefor.com


Nuptials

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September 13, 2014 Royal Sonesta Their Story Ervin and Esi Kodra recently celebrated their wedding a year ago on September 13, 2014. The couple met in high school and found themselves growing closer as their college years passed. Living in Worcester eventually brought the two to continuously bump into each other. Ervin persisted on taking Esi out and once she finally said yes they instantly connected.

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Ervins romantic proposal started off with a surprise dinner date for Esi and her friend. While at the restaurant, Esi was asked to exit the restaurant and head towards Union Station Hall. As she stepped outside the restaurant, she saw Ervin down on one knee with rose petals leading his way. As she walked towards him she heard him say will you marry me? Once she said YES! All of their closest friends popped out to help celebrate!

Although all the little details made the day feel special, the true highlight of the day was the ceremony. Planning The process took about 12 months for the couple but they enjoyed it to the fullest. Although the stress got to them at times they found that the planning process brought them closer together and helped keep them excited for the journey ahead. Ervin was involved in every aspect of the wedding, right from the flowers to Esi’s shoes! continued on page 26

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Details The theme of Esi and Ervins wedding was centered around Esi’s royal blue Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps. A gorgeous shoe like that? Why not make them the theme! They tied in their theme with gorgeous center pieces from Perros Flowers and created delicious boxes of mixed candy as favors for their guests. Although all these little details made the day feel special, the true highlight of the day was the ceremony. The ceremony was filled with emotion and Esi and Ervin had never felt more connected.

Advice For future brides and grooms, Esi and Ervin suggest to truly enjoy the day of the wedding and not stress over the small things. It is important to remember that the wedding day is only for the Bride and Groom no one else!

The Particulars Ceremony Site: St. Mary’s Orthodox Church Worcester, MA. stmarysalbanianchurch.org/home Reception Site: Royal Sonesta Cambridge, MA. sonesta.com/boston Photographer: Shawna Shenette Photography Shawnashenette.com Caterer: Royal Sonesta Baker: The Icing on the Cake Newton, MA. tiotc.com Florist: Perro’s Flowers Worcester, MA. perrosflowers.com Transportation: AA Limo Service Shrewsbury, MA. aatransportation.com Bride’s Attire: Vows Watertown, MA. bridepower.com Bridesmaids Attire: Elegance by Carbonneau Worcester, MA. mydressforless.com Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Bonardi’s Formalwear. bonardis.com

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Cook-Inn’s

Newlyweds cooking in Coastal Maine by Laurie Wilson

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f you’ve got your newlywed hearts set on a Victorian inn by the sea, you are one lucky saltwater-kissed bride. The Inns Along the Coast collection of eight romantic inns in Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor has the ingredients for a delicious escape. And, to simplify the honeymoon planning, the inns offer a six-day itinerary where you curl up in one of the inns at each destination—and then you can add local cooking classes at some of Maine’s best restaurants to your itinerary, perfect for the couple that can’t wait to test all that cookware you’ve been gifted.

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The participating inns are: the 1802 House, Inn at English Meadows and Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport; Berry Manor Inn, Granite Inn and Lime Rock Inn in Rockland; and Canterbury Cottage and Saltair Inn Waterfront in Bar Harbor. Here is a taste of some of the culinary classes you can participate in to learn from the best—as well as to enjoy the meals you’ve helped to prepare.

Kennebunk The White Barn Inn & Spa The acclaimed Kennebunk inn has teased the palates of foodies for years. The cooking classes here are private sessions with Chef Derek Bissonnette “and focus on what the guests want to learn,” says a spokesperson for the inn. Some examples of the menu items that couples can cook include: ratatouille ravioli with variation of spring vegetables; butter poached beef tenderloin with spring vegetable tomato ragout; and potato gnocchi and cabernet sauvignon sauce. Guests can participate in a hands-on demonstration in the inn’s kitchen as active members of the kitchen staff, working right alongside Chef Bissonnette and his team. The classes last about two hours and couples will receive a White Barn Inn

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Restaurant apron as a honeymoon souvenir. The classes cost $215 per person or, for $315 per person, you can participate in the class, as well as enjoy a four-course dinner.

50 Local Take a group or private cooking class with Chef David Ross of popular 50 Local restaurant. The classes use exclusively local meat, seafood and produce and can be skewed to meet your dietary needs or restrictions. Special classes can also include foraging for your own food and then using the ingredients in a meal you create; vegan dishes; local Maine favorites; and pastry and dessert classes.

On the Marsh On the Marsh in Kennebunkport offers a scenic setting for its culinary classes. You’ll be privy to “proprietary recipes” that you and your groom will whip up alongside this popular restaurant’s chefs, all while sipping wine and nibbling on apps. Then, take a seat at “The Owner’s 50 Local Restaurant

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Gourmet cuisine, romantic honeymoons and Foodies in love go together like champagne and caviar.

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Table” with your fellow students to enjoy the meal you’ve just helped to prepare. Bonus: You’ll take home an On the Marsh apron and a notebook filled with recipes. Note: Classes are available October to February and for up to six students.

Rockport Saltwater Farm Cooking School In the summer months, take classes at this established cooking school and restaurant in nearby Rockport. Each of the classes has a theme including Provencal Cooking, Herbs and Edible Flowers, and

Bar Harbor While cooking classes are not offered in the Bar Harbor region, there are tempting foodie add-ons like wine and beer tastings and lobster dinners. The starting rate for a six-night package (two nights in each Maine region) begins at $750; rates vary depending on the season and inn. All packages include accommodations and daily breakfast. Note: The cooking classes are all add-ons and not included in the package or in the package price. For more information or to book visit innsalongthecoast.com.

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Romance in Rhode Island: It’s Providence!

Photo: Nicholas Millard

by Stacey Marcus

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f you look up the word Providence in the dictionary, you will find one definition that reads, “God, especially when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.” With that notion in mind, one would feel quite secure in finding or binding true love in a place called Providence, almost as if there were some divine intervention or serendipitous swirl of events leading to a blessed bond of love.

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Providence, Rhode Island is truly a little slice of heaven complete with history, harbor, haute cuisine and heart. “Providence is perfect for couples looking for a sophisticated city wedding without the big city budget. We are conveniently located between Boston and New York and offer top-notch accommodations, some of the best restaurants in the country, and both water views and a city skyline to serve as dramatic photo backdrops,” Kristen Adamo, Vice President of MarketProvidence Public Library ing & Communications Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. Mike McGeachy proposed to his fiancé Stephanie Koussa in nearby Tiverton under a majestic sunset and is smitten with the vibe in Providence. “For such a small state, Rhode Island does a lot of great things,” says McGeachy. Koussa was born and raised in Rhode Island and plans never to leave. “I love the beaches and the sunsets. The fall foliage is beautiful,” says Koussa. The couple plans to wed this fall at the iconic Providence Biltmore Hotel that represents the glitter and glamour of the Gatsby era and recently underwent major renovations.” The Providence Biltmore’s recently renovated ballrooms offer unmatched panoramic views of the city, soaring ceilings, stately columns and a color palette that is the perfect combination of soft, yet rich with elegance, making the Providence Biltmore the most romantic spot in Providence to have a wedding,” says Elise Shatraw, Director of Catering at the Providence Biltmore. A great feature of The Providence Biltmore is the luxurious spa where couples can indulge in relaxing treatments together and bridal parties can toast to good times while getting prepped for the upcoming festivities. continued on page 34 www.bridegroommag.com

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“The Spa at the Biltmore provides a luxury environment for bridal parties. Our private bridal areas allow everyone to be together and celebrate with food and drinks. Our outstanding staff will make your day special and worry free,” says Deb Garman, Spa Director at The Providence Biltmore. “Our couples massages provide a lovely environment for couples, friends or mothers and daughters to spend some quiet time together. You may wish to enhance your experience with a couples pedicure. Our Island Bliss pedicure uses the finest in Fijian products from the sugar scrub to the intoxicating oil,” adds Garman. Couples looking to find romance in Providence can simply stroll along the historic streets and seven hills, enjoy one of WaterFire’s bonfires along three rivers on a sultry summer night, toast to good times and locally sources food at New Rivers or feast on foie grad at a cozy spot at Cav. It’s a gem of a city with many ways to celebrate love and life.

Providence Biltmore

Five Fabulous Spots to Wed in Rhode Island The Providence Biltmore-There’s a reason why the iconic hotel is a popular wedding venue. Newly refurbished, the bar has been raised and polished to perfection. providencebiltmore.com. La Gondala-On-board weddings, reception cruises and picture perfect memories can be created aboard authentic Venetian gondolas. Visit gondolari.com. Providence Public Library-The Providence Public Library offers a charming venue for couples with a special connection to books and history. Visit provlib.org Casino at Roger Williams ParkCouples will adore the architecture and vibe at this beautiful wedding venue. Visit providenceri.com/parks-and-rec/ casino. The Dorrance-Dripping with dramatic charm, The Dorrance offers a gorgeous venue to tie the knot. Formerly a bank, the space at The Dorrance is truly unique. Just imagine getting hitched in The Vault Lounge. Visit thedorrance.com

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Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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The New Way to Nibble

The next big food trends for foodie couples by Diana Bierman

While there’s nothing wrong with offering the option of chicken, steak or fish, couples these days are shying away from standard wedding banquet fare for something a little more unconventional on their wedding day. From roaming food stations to mini meals and more, consider these fresh ideas to really impress your guests and have them going back for seconds:

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Let the food represent you. It is, after all, your day. “A lot of couples try to incorporate something that’s personal to them,” explains Nancy Goldstein, also known as “The Party Queen,” managing partner, Amazing Celebrations & Events, Glastonbury, CT. Adding that personal touch—whether it’s a family recipe, a food you two enjoy preparing together or something you’ve had during your travels—is a creative way to showcase your personalities without sacrificing taste. Rent a food truck. From drool-worthy pizza vans to hot pretzel carts, when it comes to food trucks, the possibilities are endless. Whether you use them to jazz up cocktail hour, provide the main meal for the night or for a late-night snack, food trucks have become a true wedding staple for trendy couples. “Guests are able to choose when they get there and eat what they feel like having—not during the time of an RSVP,” says Patricia Natter-Meneguzzo, owner of Rocket Fine Street Food, a space-themed hamburger food truck based in Providence, Rhode Island. “Plus, they get to mingle. It’s a different kind of experience that everyone seems to love.” Stay true to your roots. “Couples are pairing their food with the place they’re getting married,” Goldstein explains. You chose the location of your wedding for a reason, so it’s only natural to want to put a local spin on your menu. For instance, think clambakes, seafood and chowder

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stations and local beer and brews if you’re tying the knot in New England. Serve food on wheels. Mobile stations, when servers and chefs come around with a cart and prepare the food right before your guests’ eyes, have become a fun way to make reception fare stand out. Don’t be afraid to get creative with it either; consider a roaming raw bar where chefs shuck oysters for your guests, a truffle-rolling station or a chef preparing fresh sushi. Incorporate seasonal favorites. This fall, brides and grooms might consider a soup station to warm their guests up, with flavors like squash bisque or pumpkin. And for dessert, options are endless: A hot apple cider bar (or create a seasonal signature drink), a pie and apple crisp station or a donut bar—with the ever-popular pumpkin donut as the star, of course. Shrink it down. Miniature meals have exploded in popularity—finger sandwiches, teeny wine bottles, baby grilled cheeses, soup shooters, you name it.

“Everyone wants something easy to eat, or something that doesn’t always require fork and knife,” explains Tiffany Learned, wedding planner and event coordinator and owner of Detailed Engagements, Ipswich, MA.

Feature comfort food. “A lot of couples want their guests to be relaxed and enjoy themselves,” says Goldstein. “So they’re opting for things to be more casual and laid back.” If you love the upscale feel of weddings but still want to incorporate

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more of those casual items, don’t fret. You can dress up your comfort food; think fries served a shot glass with ketchup, cheeseburger skewers and cookies atop a small shot glass of milk for dessert. Bring dessert to life. Edible installations, or dessert arranged in a unique form of art, have recently been edging towards becoming a wedding staple. A surefire way to wow your guests, edible installations allow the food to form a visually appealing masterpiece, while still remaining delicious. Try tying the arrangement into your wedding theme—think chocolate butterflies for a spring wedding or a wall of donuts for a fall wedding. Diana Bierman is a freelance writer based in Northborough, MA.

There’s an App for That Roaming Hunger For help finding a food truck, Roaming Hunger allows you to see menus from vendors and get to know them, too. It also helps you track down where the nearest food truck is to you. itunes.apple.com/us/app/ roaming-hunger-food-truck Perfect Wedding Guide Looking for a chef to man a roaming station or the host of your own mashed potato bar? Just one of the many features of this app is helping you find the best vendors in your area. It can even help you find a good deal! itunes.apple.com/us/app/ perfect-wedding-guide Mint With so many food options to choose from, costs can add up quickly. To avoid overspending, use Mint to help you manage your food budget. The app breaks everything down for you, so you don’t have to. itunes.apple.com/us/app/mintmoney-manager-budget www.bridegroommag.com

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There’s an App for That!

These apps will help make your wedding planning a breeze. Task Rabbit- This app allows you to hire safe & reliable help to take care of all your tasks. Whether you need someone to make deliveries to your house or tidy up your home before the soon to be in-laws come to town, Task Rabbit provides you with the help you need. to learn more download Task Rabbit through the App store. Tripomatic- A perfect app to plan your ideal honeymoon. This app allows you to plan out day to day itineraries from the must see sites, popular restaurants, hotels and more. Exploring a new city can be challenging but Tripomatic provides detailed maps, subway lines and walking friendly areas. Download Tripomatic to plan your next adventure. Wedding Party- An app that allows all your guests to link together and share their photos from your big day. No messy #hashtags required. Guests can create photo strips and GIFS from your big day, and message during real time. The effortless way to collect photos! The bride & groom can even keep the guests updated with their registry information, and other accommodations. Uber- The new way to travel. Pre-request uber drivers the night of your wedding for your guests incase they need safe transportation back to their accommodations. Link the app to your paypal or credit card for easy payment methods so guests don’t have to worry about having cash on hand. My Fitness PalThe easiest way to get ready for your big day, the healthy way. Track all of your activity, and meals to help reach your fitness goals, and look extra fabulous! Periscope- The newest interactive video social network that allows you to broadcast real time video to your followers. Do you have loved ones that can’t attend your wedding? Have a guest broadcast the ceremony to them via periscope to see every beautiful moment.

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Zomato- Looking for an outstanding restaurant for pre-wedding day festivities? Download Zomato to help you find just that! Search & explore by collections of food, cities, review menus, and other recommendations with a simple touch! The Vow- A virtual shopping spree for your engagement ring. Download The Vow to try on different styles, metals and more. The app even gives you price quotes for your dream ring! Moonlighting- For the bride looking for a great caterer or freelance photographer, that could unknowingly exist in their social network. Moonlighting is a digital job marketplace that allows individuals to hire or be hired for any type of job. Particularly useful for those brides balling on a budget, Moonlighting offers access to professionals who can handle anything and everything at a competitive price. ContentCheckedEvery bride wants to look refreshed and glowing on her big day, and unknowingly ingesting crazy chemicals, which are often disguised on food labels, is a quick way to wake up with a major zit – or worse. With ContentChecked users simply scan a barcode and the app instantly analyzes that product to check if it fits specific dietary needs, and alerts users to artificial and potentially dangerous ingredients. With ContentChecked brides can quite literally check themselves before they wreck themselves. Sworkit- The app that allows you to workout whenever and however, without the gym! The Sworkit app provides different types of workout from upper to lower body, cardio variations and more, all to fit your busy schedule. Use the app to motivate you and your fiance to get fit for the wedding!

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Newport Vineyards Newport, Rhode Island

Newport Vineyards offers it all when it comes to weddings! From Vineyard Vows and rehearsal dinners to custom made wine labels. Newport Vineyards provides the options every couple is looking for. Whether you are just wanting to book a bridal shower or an entire wedding weekend, your event will run smoothly. Post wedding brunch is just one of the many events the Vineyard offers. From refined rustic to industrial chic. Couples are sure to have a unique backdrop for their event, “all surrounded by a historic vineyard crafted by the sea�. Visit newportvineyards.com to book now!

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Saltwater Farm Vineyard Stonington, Connecticut

Looking for a romantic venue? Saltwater Farm Vineyard has you covered. Take a visit to hear live music every Thursday in July or August or visit the “impeccably restored World War II-era airplane hangar� tasting room. Connect with them through Facebook at Saltwater Farm Vineyard to view their gorgeous vineyard and hear other couples wedding testimonials. Visit saltwaterfarmvineyard.com to learn more. robertnormanphotography.com

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LaBelle Winery

Amherst, New Hampshire LaBelle Winery is the perfect setting for weddings in any season. The Winery provides a bridal suite for the bride and her bridesmaids to prepare for the big day. Along with exceptional farm-to-table cuisine, LaBelle Winery also offers award winning wines, tastings and personal wine pairing recommendations by the winemaker herself, Amy LaBelle. Check out LaBelle Winery by visiting labellewinerynh.com.

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Jonathan Edwards Winery North Stonington, Connecticut

The picturesque farm country views will captivate any couple who visits. Jonathan Edwards Winery provides plenty of spaces for couples to hold their ceremony and receptions, including the Tasting Room, Barrel Room, Stone Patio as well as the outdoor tented spaces. The winery has an array of tasting tours and other venue spaces for smaller wedding related events. Brides, be sure to check out their pinterest page at.pinterest.com/jewinery/ weddings-at-je to get more inspiration for your winery wedding. Already sold? Visit .jedwardswinery.com to book!

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Nashoba Valley Winery Bolton, Massachusetts

Located in the heart of Massachusetts’ apple country, Nashoba Valley Winery is a unique and stunning orchard oasis set on a hillside in the charming town of Bolton. For those who chose to wed at the winery, couples can chose from the reception venues that best fit their guest list, style and price point. The Winery also has smaller suites dedicated to brunch, lunch and dinner. Perfect for a rehearsal dinner, bridal party or shower. Services: 3 Separate wedding receptions - Pavilion Reception, Restaurant & Private Suite Reception - Specialized Wine list - Weekend Winery tours and weekly wine tastings available -To learn more visit nashobawinery.com.

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Little Compton, Rhode Island Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard provides daily tours from 12 pm - 3 pm as well as daily tastings of 7 samples of estate wine. If you’re looking to wed here, be sure to take your bridal party for the daily tasting as every guest gets a keepsake wine glass. The picturesque Vineyard provides a perfect backdrop for fall weddings. To book your next event visit .sakonnetwine.com.

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hen it comes to planning your wedding, details matter. And the staff at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, located conveniently off Routes 495, 190, 2 and 12 in Leominster, MA understands that. That’s why they’re committed to offering couples a combination of unique features for a classy, memorable wedding— without the hefty price tag. “We’re not a wedding factory,” says Catering Sales Manager Kerry Kirley. “We pay attention to each individual detail.”

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That’s evident from the moment you walk through the newly renovated lobby, adorned with marble flooring and a sophisticated fireplace. The main ballrooms, where all receptions are held, have also recently undergone a makeover, now donning ornate lighting fixtures, modern chairs and carpet and a brand-new neutral paint job. Ceremonies can be held either in the ballroom or outside under a brand-new tent that boasts a romantic draped ceiling and chandelier. Other new additions to the DoubleTree’s outdoor patio planned for Spring 2016 include a fire pit and outdoor furniture for guests to lounge. The patio also provides a picturesque setting for cocktail hour, as does the chic indoor concourse.

If hosting an intimate wedding, couples will benefit from the Silver Wedding Package, which offers an elegant cheese and vegetable display during cocktail hour and a choice of appetizer or salad and one entrée for dinner. The venue also provides fresh crème and berries to complement your wedding cake. The next step up is the Gold Wedding Package, which adds a choice of butlerpassed hors d’oeuvres to cocktail hour as well as hosted beer and wine. Couples also get to choose either chiavari chairs or white or ivory chair covers and pick from an array of colored satin sashes. Gold charger plates for added elegance are also included in this package. For the bride and groom that want it all, the Platinum Wedding Package provides

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Bar (mashed potatoes served in a martini glass with guest’s choice of toppings) or a carving station with options like honey ham and New Zealand lamb roast. The plated entrees available are just as delicious, and with so many choices, your only problem will be deciding which to pick. Some of the favorites include Pear and Sage Stuffed Chicken, Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus and Pineapple Salmon. All packages include a professional wedding specialist, a hospitality room for your bridal party including snacks and drinks, a champagne toast, colored napkins of your choice, mirrors and votive candles and much more. Demonstrating their pristine attention to detail, the DoubleTree also 68 Fall 2015

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provides a complimentary stay on your wedding night and breakfast in the morning, plus a free dinner on your one-year anniversary. For those who opt for an afternoon wedding, the DoubleTree has recently added a wedding brunch buffet package. The food options are plentiful—from an attended omelet station and Belgian waffles to baked haddock and roast top sirloin of beef. Couples can also add a brunch beverage station, which includes a fun Bloody Mary bar. The hotel itself features 187 guest rooms, so there’s no shortage of convenient accommodations for guests (plus, they’ll receive a special overnight rate if

10 or more rooms are reserved). And for the rest of your wedding planning needs, check out the facility’s preferred vendor list, which includes local contacts for cakes, florists, photographers, videographers, DJs, bands, salons, limo rentals, and more. No matter the size or style of the wedding, the DoubleTree will do everything they can to make each couple’s special day the one they’ve always dreamed of. “No question is ever too small,” comforts Kirley. “We’re always happy to work with our couples to accommodate their budgets and customize any special needs.” Diana Bierman is a freelance writer based in Northborough, MA.

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Is Drone Wedding Photography Right for You? Photo: Courtesy of Mike Henriques

by Connie Jeske Crane Elizabeth and Blay Gomez’s video of their April 2015 wedding in Puerto Rico quite literally takes things to a higher level – like a few hundred feet or so. The Gomez’s are part of a growing trend of couples who’ve added aerial drone videography into the mix. And the kind of shots they got thanks to a remote-controlled drone lends a superior cinematic style. The Gomez’ video flows seamlessly between scenes that are soft and intimate – the couple’s quiet pre-wedding reflections, and vows on the beach at the Copamarina Beach Resort and Spa

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– plus breathtaking flyovers of turquoise beaches, tropical waterfalls and old-town San Juan. As Elizabeth says, “It makes you feel like you’re watching a movie or some high-quality film.” Undoubtedly, you’ve seen lots of media buzz lately about drone wedding videography. But you may also be wondering about the risks. Let’s face it, there’s more than one YouTube video floating around of drones crashing into trees – or even wedding guests. So is drone videography right for your wedding? Is it safe? Here’s what you need to know:

The pros The most common application for drones is capturing drop-dead gorgeous location shots around your venue, says Mike Henriques, the Gomez’ photographer, and president of New Bedford-based Montage Media Productions. “It’s a beautiful tool because it can replicate what a helicopter can do.” Drones also let you to capture unique shots in ways that weren’t generally affordable before. For example, Henriques says you can do crane-type shots. “It can be inches away from someone’s face, in


a sense, and then lift off to a few hundred feet.” Henriques says he’s also found some other unique applications for drones. Recently in Connecticut, he filmed a bird’s-eye view of a baraat, or the large groom’s parade that’s traditional in Indian Hindu weddings. “A lot of our Indian couples really jump out and ask us for those because they see the value in the kind of footage that we can capture with the drone.” As Gomez says, “It’s not a point of view of a regular video. It’s up from above and it really opens up your eyes to see how beautiful it is to capture that.” Finally, there’s fun. Especially if one partner is a technology geek, all the new possibilities can inject a whole new kind of fun into wedding photography. As

Gomez says, “My husband was over the moon; that was his toy as well. He was so excited about that.”

The cons As noted however, drone photography also comes with some drawbacks. Here are the main issues you need to consider with drones: Safety – “You have to consider the safety factor first and foremost with these tools,” says Henriques. You do not want an amateur flying a drone at your wedding, he adds. Henriques recommends questioning any potential photographers in detail about their drone experience: how many hours they’ve trained, how many flight hours they have, what courses they’ve taken, their safety precautions,

etc. For example, operators should be surveying the environment beforehand, keeping drones below 400 feet, and never lose sight of their drone at any time, says Henriques. “A person that is a true professional is going to keep safety as the highest priority.” Weather – Drones are unsuited to certain conditions, for example, in high winds or limited visibility. Henriques says he uses a satellite app to keep tabs on weather conditions and simply won’t fly if it’s not safe. Government regulations – Further legislation is still in the works, but current U.S. regulations for drones include no-fly zones near airports and some government sites. Drones also aren’t allowed in U.S. national parks. Speak with your photographer about compliance with applicable laws and bylaws. Intrusiveness – Finally, Henriques says drones’ propellers do create a buzzing sound. Therefore, if a couple is keen on capturing part of the ceremony with a drone, say the recessional, he usually recommends reassembling and doing a second take after the real thing. “Ultimately, we want to be as invisible as possible as photographers and videographers at weddings. And we want to respect of the sanctity of the ceremony. This is about the couple being in love and enjoying the moment together.” Connie Jeske Crane is a full-time freelance writer and reports frequently on weddings, parenting, sustainability, and social media.You can visit her at www.conniejeskecrane.com.

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Who Should Walk You Down the Aisle?

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Have your mother give you away. Suitable when: You have a single mother and wish to show your appreciation to her. Your father has passed away. Your father has not played an active role in your life/ upbringing. Logistics: Again, this is a very straight forward affair as your mother will be walking you down the aisle in the place of your father/ a father figure.


Have both parents give you away. Suitable when: You want to share the experience with both your mother and father as you feel they equally played an important part in your life. You don’t want to stick to tradition and you feel that your mom deserves the same recognition as your dad on your wedding day. Logistics: Walk down the aisle arm and arm with both parents after your bridal party. Of course, for this, you will need to consider the width of the aisle as well as the size of your own wedding dress. Will there be enough room for all of you to comfortably walk down the aisle?

You and your partner walk down the aisle together Suitable when: You have an extended family – a father and a step-father and you think choosing one over the other could cause friction. You and your partner choose to signify a sense of solidarity, that you are already a team even before you get married. Logistics: Follow behind the wedding party, or join them, perhaps leading the way.

No aisle walk at all Suitable when: You and your partner don’t want to stick to tradition Both of you would like to spend time prior to the ceremony greeting the guests Logistics: You and your partner can mingle with the guests and then, without drawing attention to yourselves, stand in front of the celebrant for the ceremony.

Walk down the aisle yourself Suitable when: There are no family relatives or friends you feel comfortable asking You wish to display a level of self- sufficiency and independence as a bride. Logistics: Walk down the aisle yourself, after the wedding party (the same protocol as when you have someone with you). Of course, there are many other options for you and your partner, these are just options you might want to consider.

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Celebrity Wedding Planner Ricardo Luna

His advice on flower trends, celebrating individuality and happily ever afters. by Stacey Marcus Tell us about your background and how you got into the wedding industry. I started working with flowers. Flowers just came into my life. I began working in a flower shop and my passion for flowers blossomed into becoming a floral designer. Now I am involved in everything from A-Z of event production. Although Luna could not disclose his complete client list due to confidentiality, he did note that his work in Los Angeles included an A-list celebrity roster including Penélope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila, Eva Longoria, just to name a few. He also orchestrated President Omar Bongo’s daughters’ week long wedding celebration in Gabon Africa and has worked on Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy’s, Golden Globe Awards, Sundance Film Festival, MTV Awards and the Annual Hollywood Film Festival.

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Can you share a tip or two as to how our New England couples can add a celebrity element to their weddings? Some celebrity trends to incorporate include step and repeat, red, purple, pink and white carpets. Guests love to walk on the red carpet with the photographing taking lots of pictures like the paparazzi. You can also create a Great Gatsby vintage feeling with whites and golds.

What is your favorite florals for ceremonies? I love apple blossoms, orchids, hydrangeas, French tulips and cherry blossoms. Do you have one favorite wedding moment? I once did a week-long wedding for President Omar Bongo’s daughter. I loved getting immersed in the culture. Every day we had to come up with another theme. I loved walking through the

gardens of the palace with the First Lady. She loved flowers and it was wonderful to see her reaction. I love to bring clients into the room before events so they don’t miss any details. How can couples integrate their individuality in their celebration? Weddings are personal. Couples want to have their personalities come across so I have to be a good listener. Color has to resonate ambience and style. Thanks to global communication couples can get information and inspiration from around the world. Do you believe in happily ever after? Yes we do! When you make that commitment you need to work at it! Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead.

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Exotic Island Getaway – No Flight Required On a cruise to Bermuda, getting there is half the fun! by Geri Bain

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n a Bermuda cruise, the honeymoon fun begins the moment you board. By day, you might find yourselves basking beside your choice of pools, zip-lining, racing around in bumper cars or indulging in a couple’s spa treatment. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll have plenty of restaurants and cuisines to choose from. Later, casinos and clubs with live entertainment beckon. And if you decide to have a cruise wedding, you’ll find planners and a choice of venues at the ready. Most Bermuda sailings are between June and October, coinciding with Bermuda’s best beach weather.

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From Boston to Bermuda It’s hard to be bored on the Norwegian Dawn one-week sailings from Boston. For starters, the ship has 17 eateries, from a classic French bistro to an American steakhouse. True to Norwegian Cruise Line’s “freestyle” dining, you can eat whenever you wish although reservations are advisable at the most popular spots. You also can hop among 12 bars and lounges, each with different styles of entertainment, and enjoy Broadway-style shows, improv comedy, and of course, a casino. Also check out the romantic couples’ treatment rooms at the ship’s award-winning spa, full-sized indoor pool and delightful outdoor pool and sun terraces. Athletic types can practice their golf swings, play volleyball or basketball, hit the fitness center or run laps around the track.

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this ship for adrenaline-pumping fun, where walking the plank is as scary as it sounds. There’s also an extensive ropes course and a zip line that whisks you high above the ocean. Want more? The Aqua Park has side-by-side multi-story twister slides and a free falling feet-first plunge. There’s also basketball, miniature golf and mini-bowling and, when you’re ready for pampering, a full-service spa.

Surfing and Sky Diving The newest ship on the Bermuda scene is Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas, which will begin offering fivenight Bermuda sailings from Bayonne/ Port Liberty, NJ in 2016. (Liberty of the Seas sails that route now, with plenty of pizzazz of its own, including ice skating, a climbing wall and a surfing simulator.) Anthem of the Seas adds some of the wildest activities at sea, like sky-

diving and surfing simulators, an indoor complex with bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school where you can learn to perform on a flying trapeze, and a bar with robot bartenders. Its 18 restaurants include Wonderland, where dinner starts with a framed blank canvas that you paint with water to make the menu appear and many dishes arrive with a magical mist rising from them.

Anthem of the Seas adds some of the wildest activities at sea, like skydiving and surfing simulators. Weddings Aweigh Contrary to popular belief, most ship captains cannot perform legal weddings at sea, but on the Norwegian Breakaway and Anthem of the Seas they can. On the other hand, if some or all of your guests won’t be sailing with you, you can hold your ceremony and reception in port before the ship sets sail. Either way, you’ll find the cruise line wedding planners are experts at suggesting the best venues and pulling together all the details, from flowers and menus to photography. 82 Fall 2015

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Pink Sand Beaches and Historic Charm Your ship will probably cruise into Bermuda around sunrise when the pastel-painted, white-capped homes and pink-tinged beaches glow with the early morning light. From historic Royal Naval Dockyard, where your ship will be docked for two or three days, you can ferry over to Bermuda’s two picturesque towns, the petite 400-yearold capital of St. George, and Hamilton, Bermuda’s shopping hub. You also may want to rent mopeds to go beach-hopping or savor the flower-splashed scenery on horseback or bike rides. Best of all, traveling by ship to and from Bermuda can be as exotic as the destination itself!

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Unique Wedding Favors There’s nothing wrong with a simple bag of candy or a personalized card for wedding favors. But lately there has been a unique wedding favor trend within the industry. If you’re looking to give your guests something they’ll not only use but remember your special day by, check out these unique ideas!

Personalized stemless wine glasses: myweddingfavors.com provides a huge variety of personalized glasses for any type of celebration. You can add the date of your wedding so your guests can remember all the fun times they had or go the extra mile and personalize the glass with their name. Not only will your guests be touched by the extra thought they will

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definitely be able to use the glass post wedding. You can never have enough wine glasses, right? Sunglasses: These are a must if your big day is during the hot summer/ early fall months. You don’t want your guests squinting throughout your whole ceremony! Simple ray ban inspired sunglasses will do, and you can even add the date of the wedding on the side for a personal touch. Scratch/Lottery tickets: Why not?! Not all favors have to be sentimental to remember your big day. A scratch or lottery ticket would come in at the same price as any other personalized favor. This favor will bring some added entertainment for guests in the chance that they’ll win big. Mini Pumpkin/ Carving tool: If your wedding is close to Halloween, giving your guests a small pumpkin with a small carving tool is a great way to incorporate fun activities with the fall season. This favor would be great for any outdoor, rustic inspired weddings.

In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary Wedding. You will be captivated by lush greenery and cascading waterfalls in our Atrium Courtyard, or you could choose our beautiful Grand Ballroom with adjacent Terrace Bar. Specializing in custom menus and flexible wedding packages, the Holiday Inn Boxborough will meet your every need!

(978) 889-1715 www.boxboroughweddings.com 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA

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Charitable donations: For every guest donate one dollar to a charity of your choosing and as their favor leave a personalized card thanking them for their donation. After all the celebrating you and your guests have done why not give back to those in need! If you’re having a smaller wedding and can afford to put some more money and time into your wedding favors here are some other uniqiue ideas: Mini hangover kit: A small kit for your 21+ guests who may have had one too many to drink. Fill a small bag with 2 aspirin, Band-Aids (because they could fall) and a pair of sunglasses to shade their sensitive eyes. Milk and cookies to go: A small bottle of milk and 2 warm cookies for an on the road snack. Or if your guests are staying at one location, have them pre delivered to their room towards the end of the reception.


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Where Dreams are Filled and Memories Created

Lakeside or Ballroom Receptions ~ Two Outdoor Ceremony Locations Bridal Showers ~ Rehearsal Dinners ~ Post Wedding Brunches ~ Overnight Guestrooms 366 Main Street • Sturbridge, MA 01566 • 508-347-7393 • email: info@sturbridgehosthotel.com

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For the Perfect Wedding Trust your Special Day to the Bakery that has been voted Worcester County’s “Best Bakery” times!

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B&G’s Picks

FALL 2015

1. VOGA Italia Pinot Grigio: Boldly innovative, 3. Barbera d’Alba: Produced in Piedmont, Italy 4. Dolcetto d’Alba: Produced in Piedmont, Italy, elegantly unapologetic and tastefully confident, VOGA Italia is a contemporary wine concept for the modern consumer. The chic cylinders, curvaceous bottles and innovative cork with cap closures command attention, but it’s the award winning wines inside that are the real stand-outs. This wine is full and rich, with fresh, ripe apple and pear aromas and delicious, juicy flavors. This varietal retails for $11.99 and is available at select local retailers

the Barbera d’Alba features an intense ruby red color with fruity and floral notes. This dry wine has a light and pleasant sourness perfect with pasta and meat dishes. Special attention has been given in making the production process of this wine entirely pure. Retail $14-16.

the Dolcetto d’Alba features an intense ruby red color with vinous and fruity flavor. This dry, harmonic wine is light with a pleasant sourness. The grapes of this wine are extensively cared after while still on the vines so the best quality is obtained. This wine has been carefully selected to be suited for those who are sensitive to red wine. Retail $14-16.

2. Veglio Michelino e Figlio Re Della Notte:

This 100% Sauvignon sparkling wine comes from Piedmont, Italy. The grapes are harvested the first and second weeks of September and placed through a soft pressing and then fermentation, which takes place at a controlled temperature in a stainless steel barrel. After 3 months maturation, a fruity, floral, dry, delicate and elegant sparkling wine is born. The Re Della Notte retails from $13-16.

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FUNCTION FACILITY P L A N N I N G

G U I D E

Grouped alphabetically by region: Worcester, East of Worcester, South of Worcester, West of Worcester and North of Worcester

Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

250 Max

Yes

1

Yes

Worcester Beechwood Hotel (Back Cover) 363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 453-1112 • Fx: (508) 754-0731 sales@beechwoodhotel.com www.beechwoodhotel.com

Exchange vows in the authentic Victorian chapel, entertain guests on the terrace and dance the night away in the magnificent grand ballroom. Contact: Elizabeth Lane.

Mechanics Hall (41)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

150/425

Yes

1

No

321 Main St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 752-5608 • Fx: (508) 754-8442 info@mechanicshall.org www.mechanicshall.org

Celebrate your wedding surrounded by historic Victorian elegance. Our spacious facilities accommodate intimate gatherings or grand celebrations. Contact: Sharon Onorato.

Worcester Art Museum (19)

E, B, D, W

55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA Ph: (508) 793-4327 • Fx: (508) 798-5646 janicepotter@ worcesterart.org www.worcesterart.org

Magnificent architectural spaces abound in the expansive Renaissance Court for your historic event. Ceremonies are romantic in the Chapter House, Garden Courtyard or on the Grand Staircase. Contact: Janice Potter.

Varies

Yes

No

25/250

Yes

1

No

East of Worcester Charter Oak Country Club (43)

E, B, D, W

394 Chestnut St., Hudson, MA 01749 Ph: (978) 562-0800 • Fx: (978) 562-0198 sales@charteroakcc.com www.charteroakcc.com

Experience a wedding of extraordinary elegance when you select Charter Oak Country Club. Our grand ballroom offers unsurpassed service and culinary excellence. Contact: Weddings at ext. 610.

DoubleTree Hotel (46)

E, B, D, W

$35 - $115

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

30/300

30/500

Yes

Yes

1

2

5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA 01581 Ph: (508) 616-7470 • Fx: (508) 366-3950 Oliver.knight@hilton.com www.bostonwestborough.doubletree.com

Experince the Doubletree difference where the little things mean everything. Schedule a private tour of our contemporary ballroom, outdoor patio and bridal rooms. Contact: Catering Sales Manager.

Holiday Inn Boxborough (84)

E, B, D, W

242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01719 Ph: (978) 889-1712 • Fx: (978) 266-9429 www.boxboroughweddings.com

$36 - $70

Yes

Yes

2/400

Yes

2

In Boxborough lies a unique location for your extraordinary wedding. A convenient location that offers flexible wedding packages. Contact: Sales Office.

Types of Functions Offered: E - Engagement Parties B - Bridal Showers D - Rehearsal Dinners W - Wedding Receptions

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Yes

No


Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

240

Yes

2

No

South of Worcester Coachmen’s Lodge (Inside Front Cover) 273 Wrentham Rd., Bellingham, Ma 02019 Ph: (508) 883-9888 Thecoachmenslodge@gmail.com www.coachmenslodge.com

The Coachmen’s Lodge is the perfect venue for any type of event. From intimate showers to bridal event, inside or outside. Contact: Sarah Doolan.

Mansion at Bald Hill (23)

E, B, D, W

Varies

Yes

Yes

25/275

Yes

2

Yes

29 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock, CT 06281 Ph: (860) 974-3456 info@mansionatbaldhill.com www.mansionatbaldhill.com

The Mansion at Bald Hill is a historic landmark that has transformed into a premier wedding venue, a gourmet restaurant and Bed & Breakfast. Contact: Kendra Borders.

Twin River

E, B, D, W

100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, RI 02865 Ph: (401) 475-8438 • Fx: (401) 305-5188 dwing@twinriver.com www.twinriver.com

$30 - $75 +

Yes

No

50/1200

No

1

Yes

Twin River promises to create the wedding of a lifetime. Distinctively unique. Custom designed wedding packages and menus. Attention to detail. Ideal location. Contact: Donna Wing.

West of Worcester J. Anthony’s Italian Grill Function Facility (76) 206 Southbridge Rd, N. Oxford, MA Ph: (508) 832-9705 • Fx: (508) 832-7978 www.janthonysgrill.com

La Salle Reception Center (79)

E, B, D, W

Under $30

Yes

Yes

75/260

Yes

1

No

For 90+ people (in Café Room), included in the per-person price are: liner, cake cutting, setup/breakdown charges and the cost of serving two different meals. Contact: Arnold or Jason Villatico. E, B, D, W

$20 - $40

Yes

Yes

25/400

Yes

1

444 Main Street, Southbridge, MA 01550 Ph: (774) 318-8083 Margef911@aol.com Lasallereceptioncenter.com

La Salle Reception Center is noted for being simply elegant, affordable, easy to reach from all major highways with ample parking. Contact: Margaret Farrand.

Leicester Country Club (86)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $70

Yes

Yes

20/300

Yes

1430 Main St., P.O. Box 138, Leicester, MA 01524 Ph: (508) 892-1390 • Fx: (508) 892-1331 sales@leicestercc.com www.worcester-wedding.com

Two beautifully appointed function rooms lined with windows and outside decks that overlook a garden gazebo and picturesque New England covered bridge. Contact: Sales Office.

Old Sturbridge Village (88)

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75 +

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Yes

No

2

No

2

Yes

1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) SEE-1830 osvsales@osv.org www.osv.org

Let your future begin in our past! Step back in time for a wedding that will be truly timeless, unforgettable, historical–and all yours! Contact: Event Sales Dept.

Publick House (39)

E, B, D, W

On the Common, P.O. Box 187, Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (800) PUBLICK • Fx: (508) 347-3313 x286 sales@publickhouse.com www.publickhouse.com

Built in 1771, the Publick House Historic Inn maintains its 18th-century ambiance and warm hospitality. Outdoor tent and gazebo, old fashioned bake shoppe and beautiful grounds for picture taking. Contact: Catherine O’Brien.

Sturbridge Host Hotel (85)

E, B, D, W

366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (508) 347-7393 • Fx: (508) 347-3824 info@sturbridgehosthotel.com www.sturbridgehosthotel.com

The Collection at Wight Farm (11)

$35 - $68

$57 - $102

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max 250

Max 350

Yes

Varies

Yes

2

Yes

Sturbridge Host Hotel features beautiful lakeside offerings, indoor garden terrace and elegant ballroom. Personal attention and delectable cuisine will dazzle you. Contact: Catering Sales office. E, B, D, W

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Yes

Yes

40-175

Yes

1

420 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 Ph: (774) 241-8450 info@T3Chefs.com www.T3Chefs.com

Table 3 Chefs & Catering can come to you or host your event at our beautiful post and beam facility. We also provide a personal chef for all types of events. Contact: Dakota Tunley.

The Harding Allen Estate (47)

E, B, D, W

Rte. 122 off Barre Common, Barre, MA 01005 Ph: (978) 355-4920 www.harding-allen.com

Yes

$35 - $70

Yes

Yes

275

Yes

1

No

Yes

Massachusetts’ premier wedding and banquet historic mansion–for when it has to be special. Contact: Grace Gugliotti.

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Reception Facility

Types of Functions

Price Range

On-Site Catering

Package Plan Available

Min/Max Room Capacity

Ceremony Site

Number of Events (Held at one time)

Overnight Accommodations

E, B, D, W

$50 - $75+

Yes

Yes

50/300

Yes

1

Yes

North of Worcester Chocksett Inn (9) 59 Laurelwood Rd., Sterling, MA 01564 Ph: (978) 422-3355 • Fx: (978) 422-3187 weddings@chocksettinn.com www.chocksettinn.com

The Chocksett Inn offers on-site private gardens, Laurelwood Ballroom, canopied deck and 25 guest suites. Experience the charm, elegance and hospitality for an unforgettable wedding. Contact: Alicia Clayton.

Colonial Hotel (6)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

25/500

Yes

1-3

Yes

625 Betty Spring Rd., Gardner, MA 01440 Ph: (978) 630-2500 • Fx: (978) 632-0913 weddingsales@colonial-hotel.com www.colonial-hotel.com

Known to be the premier wedding facility in Central Massachusetts. All-inclusive packages make planning easy in our grand ballroom or courtyard tent. Contact: Mary Whitman.

DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster (77)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

1/500

Yes

2

99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453 Ph: (978) 534-9000 • Fx: (978) 466-3400 Kerry.Kirley@hilton.com www.leominsterdoubletree.com

Experience the most magical time of your life in our exquisite Grand Ballroom or beautiful garden pavillion. Call today to schedule a tour. Contact: Kerry Kirley.

Great Wolf Lodge (30)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

3

150 Great Wolf Drive Fitchburg, MA 01420 Ph: (978) 516-0139 newenglandsales@greatwolf.com greatwolf.com/meetings

Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect setting to start your new lives together. Our experienced staff will assist in creating the wedding of your dreams. Contact: Henry Tessman.

Harrington Farm (45)

E, B, D, W

$65- $100

Yes

Yes

50/225

Yes

We offer an elegant country ambiance with spectacular food and service while Mother Nature provides the panoramic views and scenic backdrops for your special day. Contact: Traci Swenson.

The Manor Restaurant Pub Banquet (65)

E, B, D, W

Yes

Yes

25/400

Yes

Yes

1

178 Westminster Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-5600 x222 traci@harringtonfarm.com www.harringtonfarm.com

$35 - $100

Yes

No

1-3

No

42 West Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01538 Ph: (508) 835-4722 • Fx: (508) 835-3893 info@ourmanor.com www.ourmanor.com

Whether you’re planning a lavish or an intimate wedding reception, The Manor can tailor suit the perfect wedding package for you. Contact: Andrea Rotolo.

The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant (98)

E, B, D, W

69 State Rd East Route 2A, Westminster, MA 01473 Ph: (978) 874-5941 • Fx: (978) 874-0914 1761oldmill@aol.com www.1761oldmill.com

The 1761 Old Mill offers the best of New England hospitality and charm. Our picturesque setting is the perfect location for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or shower. Contact: Jay Foster.

Shaker Hills Country Club (15)

E, B, D, W

146 Shaker Rd., Harvard, MA 01451 Ph: (978)772-3330 ext. 307 joann@shakerhills.com www.shakerhills.com

Spring Hill Suites & Devens Common Center (27)

Under $30

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

10/150

50/350

Yes

Yes

2

1

No

Yes

A blend of beautiful indoor and outdoor space. Ballroom and cocktail lounge with center fireplace. Stunning top decks overlook the velvet green golf course and 200 acres of natural setting. Contact: JoAnn Upham. E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

Yes

5/500

Yes

1

31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434 Ph: (978) 757-3003 • Fx: (978) 772-4903 socialsalesdevens@truenorthhotels.com www.devenscommoncenter.com

Discover your dreams in Devens. Marriott Wedding Planner, accommodating menus and outstanding service at a NEW stylish venue and hotel. Call for package details. Contact: Sales Office.

Wachusett Country Club (82)

E, B, D, W

$30 - $50

Yes

No

50/400

Yes

2

Yes

No

187 Prospect St., West Boylston, MA 01583 Ph: (508) 835-4484 x223 Caracullen@aol.com www.wachusettcc.com

Simply elegant and affordable. Exceeding brides’ expectations since 1939. Two beautifully appointed reception rooms with cocktails areas and outdoor deck overlooking Wachusett Reservoir and beyond. Contact: Cara Cullen.

Wachusett Mountain (5)

E, B, D, W

$30- $50

Yes

Yes

300 Max

Yes

1

499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, MA 01541 Ph: (978) 464-3175 • Fx: (978) 464-3185 missy@wachusett.com www.wachusett.com

Surrounded by magical and breathtaking vistas, the ideal wedding location. From ceremonies to receptions, our attentive staff is dedicated to serving you. Off-weekend discounts available. Contact: Melissa Banks.

Wachusett Village Inn (35)

E, B, D, W

9 Village Inn Rd., Westminster, MA Ph: (978) 571-2502 • Fx: (978) 422-3187 tianna@wachusettvillageinn.com www.wachusettvillageinn.com

$42 - $60

Yes

Yes

10/400

Yes

2

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Design your destination wedding weekend! Full service with salon and spa services. Contact: Tianna Dionne.

Types of Functions Offered: E - Engagement Parties B - Bridal Showers D - Rehearsal Dinners W - Wedding Receptions

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Wedding BEAUTY Beauty in Motion (38)

clydeyeungphotography.com

(508) 450-8707 brittanymcglone@yahoo.com www.abbeautyinmotion.com

Beauty

96

Bridal Shops

96

Bridal Shows

96

Cakes

96

Catering

96

Celebrant

96

Donation Services

96

BRIDAL SHOPS

Entertainment

97

Bella’s Bridal Boutique (8)

Fitness

97

We are a team of licensed hair and makeup artists who bring the salon to you! Specializing in up-do’s, airbrush makeup, eyelashes, extensions and more!

European Wax Center (47)

Picadilly Plaza, 490 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA (508) 753-4426 www.bellasbridalgowns.com Bella’s Bridal Boutique is the leading full-service bridal salon in Worcester County, offering the best selection of bridal, bridesmaids, mothers, flowergirls and prom gowns.

Jewelry

97

Limousines

97

334 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 770-0092 info@originalweddingexpo.com www.originalweddingexpo.com

Photo Booths

97

Since 1978, The Original Wedding Expo™ has been the area’s longest running and most respected bridal show.

Photography

97

98

Shoes

98

Specialty Lighting

98

Tuxedos

98

Videography

98

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Custom Wedding Cakes by Penny Eagleton Auburn, MA (508) 832-3814 www.customweddingcakesbypenny.com

Buggy Whip Catering

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Rentals

A quality cake you will be proud to serve. Full line of cookie and pastry trays also available.

Prepare to strut, glow, and feel fabulous. We believe luxurious waxing is for everyone who wants gorgeous skin, whenever they desire.

Honeymoon Spots

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500 Cambridge St., Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 755-8393

Beautiful cakes! Gourmet flavors including the original awardwinning “Kahlua Cookie Cake.” For personalized service and free delivery in Worcester area, call Penny.

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Reception Facilities

Culpepper’s Bakery

290 Turnpike Road Westborough, MA 01581 (774) 512-0095 Terri.Radley@waxcenter.com Waxcenter.com

Florists

Pre-Bridal Events & Classes 97

resources

BRIDAL SHOWS The Original Wedding Expo™ (95)

CAKES Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections (4) 16 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 537-5675 emf0605@verizon.net www.AuntyEllensCakes.com From elegant wedding cakes to whimsical birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby shower cakes. We also have cookie and pastry platters, and decadent desserts for any occasion.

Crown Bakery (86) Gold Star Blvd., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 852-0746 www.thecrownbakery.com Let Crown Bakery create the wedding of your dreams with your own distinctive wedding cake. Specializing in party pastries, cookie trays and cake ornaments.

CATERING 343 Providence Road, South Grafton, MA 01560 (508) 839-3458 www.buggywhipcatering.com The Buggy Whip Catering Service has been serving traditional American fair to brides and grooms in Worcester and surrounding counties since 1953.

CELEBRANT Jo Maden, LifeCycle Celebrant™ 55 Fieldstone Drive, Dover, NH 03820 (603) 988-3137 jo@jo-celebrant-nh.com www.jo-celebrant-nh.com As a professional Celebrant I will create and officiate an original ceremony that truly celebrates your love and reflects your unique interests, beliefs and personality.

DONATION SERVICES I Do Foundation (42) 1133 19th St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 info@idofoundation.org www.idofoundation.org From charitable favors to registries that give back, we give couples the opportunity to celebrate generously by supporting the charity of their choice on their wedding day.

Joslin Diabetes Center 1 Joslin Place, Development Office Boston, MA 02215 (617) 732-2412 catherine.marinello@joslin.harvard.edu www.joslin.org Consider making a charitable donation to Joslin Diabetes Center in lieu of party favors and receive cards personalized by you for your guests!


Rachel’s Table 633 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 799-7699 Brides, donate your excess food from your banquet to families at a local homeless shelter. Rachel’s Table will deliver for you.

Why Me, Inc. 1152 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602 (508) 757-7734 www.whyme.org Why Me & Sherry’s House provides Central New England families with emotional and financial assistance, helping to alleviate the pain and isolation of childhood cancer.

Worcester County Food Bank 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508) 842-FOOD (3663) The Worcester County Food Bank distributes almost 4 million pounds of food to nearly 300 local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc. in 60+ communities.

ENTERTAINMENT A Touch of Class DJ’s 318 Stearns Rd Marlborough, MA 01752 (508) 229-0009 (800) 480-3200 info@atocweddings.com Atocweddings.com Paramount quality in entertainment through nationally award-winning, TALENTED entertainers, custom computer sound systems, and unsurpassed client services. Best of Weddings & Couples Choice Award!

Buddy D. Sound Unlimited (64) P.O. Box 1612, Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401) 765-1240 djbuddyd@djbuddyd.com www.djbuddyd.com Professional Disc Jockey Service, reverend services, picture slide show presentations, Up-lighting, 32 years wedding experience, latest in audio and lighting, superior rates.

Festive Events (89) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (42) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com www.brianfligg.com Fun, modern wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

FITNESS Worcester Fitness 440 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605 (508) 852-8209 St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 363-7000 www.worcesterfitness.com Personal training sessions for you. Small group personal training for you and your bridal party. Customized wedding prep. training programs that combine fun AND fitness.

FLORISTS

PHOTO BOOTHS

Herbert E. Berg Florist (31)

MA Photo Booths (42)

19 Blackstone River Rd., Worcester, MA 01607 (508) 755-5888, (800) 383-2374 www.bergflorist.com

Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@maphotobooths.com www.maphotobooths.com

Herbert E. Berg offers creative floral designs and personalized service. Come in and take advantage of our 80th anniversary specials! Complimentary wedding appointments.

Mugford’s Flowers Shoppe 8 Warburton Lane Rte. 30, Westboro, MA 01581 (508) 836-5554 Mugfordsflowers@gmail.com www.mugfordsflowers.com www.mugfords.com Simple, elegant, extraordinary. From your engagement party to your wedding day; from your first anniversary to your 50th, we make your floral dreams come true.

Perro’s Flowers (87) 284 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 755-7744, (800) 832-7744 weddings@perrosflowers.com www.perrosflowers.com By combining simply elegant floral designs and the experience of our staff, Perro’s provides flowers for events that showcase the bride’s individuality.

HONEYMOON SPOTS MEGA Divi & Tamarijn (90) Oranjestad, Aruba (800) 554-2008 www.diviaruba.com MEGA means more all-inclusive choices! With the Divi Aruba or the Tamarijn Aruba’s Deluxe ocean-front MEGA category, you’ll have full use of both resorts.

JEWELRY Maria’s Fine Jewelry (3) 269 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 795-0201 maria@mariasfinejewelry.com www.mariasfinejewelry.com We are a 26-year-old family owned business serving Worcester county with expert jewelry design and quality craftsmanship.

LIMOUSINES Gray’s Limousine (10) P.O. Box 760, Boylston, MA 01505 (508) 869-3111, (508) 869-6365 www.grayslimo.com Specializing in weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and airport transportation. Featuring Rolls Royces and other passenger limousines with uniformed chauffeurs. Visit our showroom.

ROCKSTAR LIMO (49) 2 Commerce Dr. Warwick, RI 02886 (888) 725-7871 weddings@ROCKSTARlimo.net www.rockstarlimo.net ROCKSTAR LIMO is the premier transportation provider that not only has vehicles to match your style, but service beyond your expectations.

Fun, unique, and productive! Photo booths produce creative guest sign-in books and instant party favors. Packages include everything you’d want at an affordable price.

PHOTOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (78) 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

Kristin Griffin Photography 39 Madison Road, Halifax, MA 02338 (508) 320-2670 Kristin@kristingriffinphotography.com www.kristingriffinphotography.com Rock your wedding with Kristin Griffin Photography! Cutting-edge options like 3D imaging, time lapse and point-of-view video recording fused with creative portraiture.

Leslie Boudreau Photography (69) Lunenburg, MA 01462 (987) 400-6598 Leslie@leslieboudreau.com www.leslieboudreau.com Relive the moments of your once-in-a-lifetime day for years to come with Leslie Boudreau Photography. Timeless and simple. Yours.

Prudente Photography 65 Gates Street, Boston, MA 02127 (978) 884-7677 Info@prudentephoto.com www.prudentephoto.com Romantic, fun, timeless! Prudente Photography is an award winning husband and wife wedding photography team based in Boston, MA. Capturing beautiful moments for real couples.

Robinson Wedding Photography (91) 1033 Providence Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588 (508) 278-5530 psrstudio@verizon.net www.robinsonweddingphotography.com Since 1996, Paul offers you both traditional and photojournalistic styles capturing stunning, one-of-a-kind moments with award winning experience and attention to detail.

PRE-BRIDAL EVENTS & CLASSES Culinary Underground 21 Turnpike Road (Rte 9 W) Southboro, MA 01772 (508) 904-6589 lori@culinaryunderground.com www.culinaryunderground.com We provide engaging and educational hands-on and demonstration classes from beginner to experienced, as well as unique parties for brides and special occasions.

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RENTALS Ambiance Linens & Print Design (88) 42 Cricket Drive, Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-6430 Peggy@ambiancelinensonline.com www.ambiancelinensonline.com Take your event from ordinary to extraordinary with our specialty linens and custom designed menus. All rentals come with complimentary design consultation.

SHOES Shoes to Dye For (35) 1400 Worcester Street (Route 9, Eastbound side) Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6063 dyeable@aol.com www.shoestodyefor.com Over 180 styles in stock of bridal dyeable and evening shoes. Custom dyeing on premises. Designers: Kenneth Cole, Nina, Dyeables, Coloriffics, Touch-Ups, Colorful Creations and Grace.

SPECIALTY LIGHTING Festive Events (89) 260 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360 (800) 370-8863 davelong@festiveevents.com www.festiveevents.com Festive Events believes that every wedding is special and unique. Our approach is designed to assist you in planning your perfect wedding.

Wedding DJ Specialist Brian Fligg (42) Fitchburg, MA (978) 345-1354 brian@sonicdj.com www.brianfligg.com

Fun, modern wedding entertainment featuring photo booths, architectural lighting, custom music edits, your name in spotlight, instant photo slideshows, live video and everything needed to make your friends jealous.

TUXEDOS

WEDDING INTERNET SERVICES BrideGroomMag.com

BRIDE&GROOM™ Magazine’s official website! Log on for sneak peeks at upcoming issues and to find out where to get your free copy.

Bonardi’s Formalwear (49)

OriginalWeddingExpo.com (95)

WEDDING SPECIALISTS Worcester: 179 Highland St., (508) 754-4036 Auburn: 482 Southbridge St., (508) 832-7579 Sturbridge: Rte. 20 West, (508) 347-3461 Milford: 156 Main St., (508) 478-0466 Framingham: 1261 Worcester Rd., (508) 875-6159 Nationwide Service call (800) 752-4036 www.bonardis.com

WedAlert.com

Your connection to finding the best Wedding Expos. Buy discounted tickets online. Comprehensive Planning Guide features everything from bridal shops to videographers. WedAlert.com’s mission is to match the local Bride & Groom with wedding professionals in their area, saving the couple valuable time and money with their wedding plans.

Dressing men for social occasions since 1923. Sizes infant to 71 in stock! We take the worry out of looking your best on your wedding day.

Men’s Wearhouse (IBC) www.mwtux.com With over 1,000 locations nationwide, including all Men’s Wearhouse stores, ordering, picking up and returning a tuxedo has never been easier.

VIDEOGRAPHY AVR Photography & Video (78) 92 Chelmsford Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 (978) 250-8117 info@avrphotography.com www.avrphotography.com AVR Photography & Video has been serving New England since 1986. AVR’s goal is to provide you with high quality products at very competitive prices.

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